How to make your own ceramic mug transfers

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How to make your own ceramic mug transfers
Ceramic mug transfers help you create interesting designs for fun. (two ceramic mugs in love image by Maria Brzostowska from

Making your own transfers for ceramic mugs gives you the opportunity to create personalised gifts for the office or for other people in your life that would enjoy them. These transfers can be created with ease and are applied to the ceramic mug via heat. They are permanent and long lasting, making your custom creations ones that will last for multiple uses.

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Things you need

  • Home printer
  • Iron on transfer paper
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Place a sheet of transfer paper, face down, into your printer's paper cartridge. Power on the printer.

  2. 2

    Locate an image you would like to turn into a transfer for ceramic mugs on your computer. You can also create a greeting using your computer's paint or photo editing software. Take your time with this endeavour and use your own creativity or tastes to find what you like.

  3. 3

    Resize the image to be about 3 inches tall by 3 inches wide in your paint or photo editing software. If necessary, use a Windows native program such as MS Paint. This assures that the image will not be too big or too small for the mug.

  4. 4

    Print the image onto the transfer paper. The transfer paper must be placed into the printer with the filmy side of it facing downward. This is the side on which the image is adhered to the mug or other object. Let the paper sit, face up, for about 2 minutes. This ensures that the ink from the printer has dried on the transfer sheet.

  5. 5

    Cut the design out of the sheet of paper carefully. It must be cut down to be small enough to fit over the surface of the ceramic mug.

Tips and warnings

  • Peel off the thin plastic film from the transfer paper design. This exposes the design on sticky paper. Press this sticky paper carefully to the surface of the ceramic mug. Make sure to have a steady hand and not to place it in a crooked position as this will ruin the entire transfer sheet. Apply a hot air dryer about 2 inches from the surface of the back of the transfer. Do this for 2 minutes. Peel away the transfer backing carefully to reveal the fresh design. Avoid touching it for 30 minutes.

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